SAN MATEO, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning today, users of Ubuntu, the fastest growing Linux distribution, now have a solution for open source, next-generation messaging and collaboration with the general availability of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite Network Edition for Ubuntu, the companies have announced.
SAN MATEO, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning today, users of Ubuntu, the fastest growing Linux distribution, now have a solution for open source, next-generation messaging and collaboration with the general availability of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite Network Edition for Ubuntu, the companies have announced.
The Zimbra Collaboration Suite — a premier, enterprise-grade email and collaboration solution — now supports the wildly popular Ubuntu version 6.06 LTS (Long Term Support) from Canonical Ltd., an operating system designed to be the ideal platform for enterprises seeking better stability and longer guaranteed support horizons. The combined offering provides organizations a cost-effective solution featuring a best-of-breed experience, effortless administration, regular updates and top-tier support.
"Zimbra offers Ubuntu users the ability to quickly, easily and securely collaborate in their work environment," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu Project. "It is the most cost-effective way to run a mission critical communication application today."
"We have seen an overwhelming anticipation for Ubuntu from our community members. Now demand has exploded in the form of tens of thousands of downloads, more community participation, and new inquiries from companies already using our Network Edition." said Satish Dharmaraj, CEO of Zimbra. "Together, Zimbra and Ubuntu form a strong partnership because we each boast thriving, passionate communities and are equally committed to providing users with desktop and server freedom of choice."
The release of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite Network Edition on Ubuntu will offer Zimbra users enterprise level functionality in an easy-to-use package. The new support will benefit users and developers alike; end users will have extended freedom of choice on the desktop and developers will be able to tap into the vast network of the Ubuntu community. Those running Ubuntu on the desktop will now also be able to take advantage of Zimbra Desktop, a complete AJAX-based collaboration client with offline capability.
"For a small business looking for innovative ways to increase worker satisfaction and productivity while lowering overall costs, the combination of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite and Ubuntu Linux is ideal – after 15 years of running Windows Servers, we've finally found a great reason to switch to open source," said Steve Blackmore, IT Director at TotalHockey.net. "Zimbra and Ubuntu each have amazingly active forums, which are ideal for answering basic questions and reduce time wasted on troubleshooting. They function as an extension of my team and drastically reduce our total cost of ownership."
"We host over 10,000 users on legacy systems, and they have been demanding for a more flexible solution with a great user interface which we have found in Zimbra", said Christian Orellana, IT Director of CABO Communications A/S. "Ubuntu is our preferred operating system because it is so robust and easy to maintain. Zimbra announcing Ubuntu support was the tipping point for us to become a partner."
Pricing and Availability
The Zimbra Desktop Alpha is now available as a free download from www.zimbra.com/desktop, and works with the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) 4.5+.
The ZCS 4.5 Open Source Edition is free. The commercially-supported ZCS Network Edition is available for a 60-day free trial on the Zimbra Website. ZCS 4.5 Network Edition pricing starts at $25/mailbox/year for a minimum of 25 users for the Standard Edition, which includes product support as well as software subscriptions to new releases, updates and patches. Additional discounts are available for larger organizations.
ZCS is available on-premise or as a hosted service; for information about Zimbra deployment as a service or Zimbra's hosting partner program, please visit http://www.zimbra.com/partners/. Users can discuss topics related to the Zimbra Collaboration Suite and provide feedback at http://www.zimbra.com/forums/.
Zimbra is the leading provider of open source messaging and collaboration software for enterprises, service providers, educational institutions, and government agencies. The Zimbra Collaboration Suite features an AJAX Administrative user interface and browser based client to dramatically improve the messaging and collaboration experience for administrators and end users alike. Zimbra supports Windows, Apple, and Linux desktops and works natively with Microsoft Outlook as well as today's most essential mobile devices including the Blackberry, Treo and Motorola Q. Additionally, Zimbra supports popular server operating systems such as Red Hat, Mac, Ubuntu, SUSE, Fedora and more. The Zimbra Collaboration Suite was voted Best Enterprise Project in the inaugural 2006 SourceForge.net Community Choice Awards, received a SIIA Codie award for Best Communication or Collaboration Solution and won InfoWorld's 2007 Application Innovator Technology of the Year Award. More information and software downloads are available at http://www.zimbra.com/.
About Canonical and Ubuntu
Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is headquartered in Europe and is committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities. World-class 24×7 commercial support for Ubuntu is available through Canonical's global support team and partners. Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the world. Ubuntu will always be free to download, free to use and free to distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most widely used Linux system, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem. For more information visit www.canonical.com or www.ubuntu.com.
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